A man allegedly killed his friend with a brick following an argument on a deserted footpath of Commisariat Road in south Calcutta on Friday afternoon.
Police said Ayub Khan, 35, a resident of Bakery Road near Kidderpore, died after 40-year-old Subhas Jaiswara allegedly hit him on his head with a brick while they were walking on the pavement around 2.30pm.
The area is a few hundred metres from the Ordnance Club. The stretch is lined with private residential apartments and central government staff quarters.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that both were drunk and fought over something. Ayub’s brother, who owns a small shop in Fancy Market, claims to have seen Jaiswara’s violent assault with a brick that he had picked up from the road. The brother was crossing the road when he saw the fight. He ran towards the duo when he saw blood spurting from Ayub’s head. Jaiswara fled the spot but was arrested later,” said an officer of Hastings police station.
Ayub bled to death on the way to SSKM Hospital, the police said.
Based on the brother’s complaint, the police arrested Jaiswara in the evening and charged him with murder.
An officer said the duo were unemployed and they sometimes assisted Ayub’s brother at his shop.
A team from Hastings police station and sleuths from the detective department’s homicide wing are investigating the murder.
Police sources said the brick — key evidence in the crime — has been collected.
This is the second instance in a week of a brick turning into a murder weapon. A mentally ill prisoner allegedly murdered Happy Singh, serving life for his role in the 2001 kidnapping of footwear baron Partha Pratim Roy Burman, in Presidency jail on May 5.